HTC Corporation today unveiled their latest handset, the HTC Dream, which is the first Android-powered mobile phone to be released in Australia.

The new phone will be available through Optus, and offers consumers with numerous features that are set to amaze.

The HTC Dream combines full touch-screen functionality and a slide out QWERTY keyboard to offer consumers a web experience that will feature a huge range of Google applications, such as Google Maps, Gmail and Youtube.

The main feature of this new phone from HTC is that it is the first mobile to be launched in the Android market, which basically entitles customers to download a variety of applications to customise their phone however they want.

“We’re thrilled to see the mobile ecosystem in the Asia Pacific region embracing the Android platform. The openness that has shaped the Internet and driven innovation is now coming to mobile devices,” said Daniel Alegre, vice president of sales and operations – Asia Pacific, at Google.

Anthony Petts, Sales and Marketing Director ANZ, HTC Corporation commented “HTC, Optus and Google share a similar vision for making the mobile internet practical, fun and relevant.”

β€œThe HTC Dream represents the culmination of this joint collaboration by offering a variety of services, applications and content that introduces an Internet experience that everyone can enjoy. We are honoured to be joining Optus and Google today to announce the launch of the HTC Dream in Australia.”

The HTC Dream will be available through Optus from 16 February 2009. Optus Post-Paid mobile customers will be able to purchase the HTC Dream handset on four specially designed plans to suit all budgets, starting from $59 per month, plus handset costs.